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Michal Handzus | Center

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/11/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 215
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Michal Handzus has reportedly been talking to several teams, but nothing has been worked out yet.
The veteran center was allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent after spending a year and change with the Blackhawks. Handzus wants to continue playing in the NHL and it sounds like he could find a new home with training camps about to open. Sep 15 - 6:15 PM

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Michal Handzus might have a hard time finding a new team now that Chicago is reportedly out of the mix.

Handzus is coming off of a rough season where he scored four goals and 16 points in 59 contests and averaged just 13:38 minutes per game. He's 37 years old now, so the once reliable secondary scorer isn't expected to do much offensively going forward.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 17 - 8:51 AM

Michal Handzus won't be back with the Blackhawks next season.

The team has informed him of their decision, so the veteran forward will test the open market as an unrestricted free agent in July. Handzus said he wasn't ready to retire, so he'll seek a job with another club in the summer. He's coming off a disappointing season, where he generated four goals and 16 points in 59 games, and at the age of 37 he probably won't demand that much in terms of salary.
Jun 16 - 2:19 PM

Michal Handzus isn't ready to retire yet, but he may not be back with the Blackhawks next season.

"I'll be playing," said the 37-year-old pending unrestricted free agent. "I know what my situation is. I'm not a young guy anymore so we'll see what's going to happen. Obviously this year wasn't the year I'd hoped it would be. I'll put work in, in the summer. Get my body in better shape and we'll see what happens next year." He produced just four goals and 16 points in 59 games this past season.
Jun 5 - 11:42 AM

Michal Handzus hasn't been pleased with his play during the playoffs.

"I haven't played very well," he said. "I want to help the team as much as I can. I'm playing [on the penalty kill] and we were giving up a lot of goals, so I didn't play very well offensively. I'm glad I came through." He registered his second goal and third point in 17 games on Wednesday night. Still, Handzus kept the Blackhawks alive in the postseason when he beat Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick in double overtime. He was replaced on the second line by Andrew Shaw in the contest, but scored the winner after he was put back alongside Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.
May 29 - 9:40 AM

Michal Handzus scored his first career playoff overtime goal Wednesday night 82 minutes after puck drop to lift the Blackhawks to a season-saving 5-4 win over Los Angeles and send the series back to the Staples Center for Game 6.

Handzus laid his claim to the biggest goal of the Hawks’ post-season despite struggling through these playoffs with just three points in 17 games. His lack of contributions have sent him down Coach Quenneville’s depth chart, but made no mistake when Brandon Saad fed him right in the slot in the second overtime and he beat Jonathan Quick with a nifty backhander.
May 28 - 11:55 PM

Despite playing alongside extremely gifted scorers such as Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, Michal Handzus continues to be an offensive non-factor.

We do concede that Handzus is centering the Hawks' second line mainly due to his defensive ability, but one would think that he could have contributed a little more than the two points in the Hawks' 14 post-season games he has to date. We are a bit baffled that Chicago coach Joel Quenneville has not shifted one of his younger more talented forwards into the second-line center role but we aren't the Hawks' bench boss are we?
May 24 - 9:21 AM

Michal Handzus saw just 12:18 of ice time in Game 3, but he made an impact.

He was credited with three blocked shots and he picked up an assist on Marcus Kruger's empty net goal in Chicago's 2-0 victory. "The doctor — he's a warrior," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You can't say enough to what he brings the team and the little things he does so well. He leaves it out there. He's a great pro." 3:45 of his ice time was spent on the penalty kill and his fearlessness inspired his teammates in the contest. Handzus is a good leader for the Blackhawks, but he doesn't have much in the way of fantasy relevance.
Apr 22 - 8:30 AM

Michal Handzus was back on Chicago's second line at practice on Tuesday.

He skated between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp in the session. Handzus recorded just four goals and 16 points in 59 games during the regular season. If he opens the playoffs with Hossa and Sharp as his wingers then he could get a good fantasy boost.
Apr 16 - 9:02 AM

Michal Handzus will draw back into the Hawks' lineup Sunday afternoon against the Blues.

He was a healthy scratch Thursday against the Wild. Handzus has not been a fantasy factor for quite some time so his inclusion in the Chicago lineup can largely be ignored.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 6 - 11:22 AM

Michal Handzus will be scratched Thursday night versus Minnesota.

He was limited to 8:11 of ice time in Chicago's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, but it wasn't because of an injury. Handzus has four goals and 11 assists in 56 games this season.
Apr 3 - 6:28 PM

Michal Handzus turned 37 on Tuesday.

"I feel good," he said. "I still feel my game's got to get on a higher level, for sure, but it's all mental. My body feels good." Handzus said that playing in the Olympics with Slovakia "rejuvenated" him, but it hasn't helped him on the scoresheet. He has one assist in his last five appearances and he has 12 points in 46 games on the year.
Mar 13 - 4:33 PM

Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa will return to Chicago after Slovakia was eliminated from Olympic play on Tuesday.

"It's disappointing but now we have a couple of days to regroup and come back to the Blackhawks," said Handzus. "Our tournament wasn't good. Maybe we played one good game. Other than that we had some flashes but we didn't play 60 minutes. In a tournament like this, every mistake they pay you back. We came close but it was too little too late." He assisted on both of Hossa's goals in Slovakia's 5-3 loss to the Czech Republic.
Feb 19 - 9:57 AM

Michal Handzus was back in Chicago's lineup Wednesday after he was a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

He snapped a 14-game point drought when he earned an assist on a goal by Brandon Saad in the second period of a 5-2 win versus Vancouver. "I haven't played well," Handzus said. "I have to play better. That's the biggest part for me. I didn't like my game the last two, three weeks, so I need to step up and play a lot better. Generally be better in our zone, get to the puck, win some 1-on-1 battles, distribute the puck to my wings." He has 11 points in 38 games this season.
Jan 30 - 10:54 AM

Michal Handzus received a "rest day" Tuesday night.

Minor-league call-up Brandon Pirri suited up in his place. Handzus has notched only four goals and 10 points in 37 games this season.
Jan 29 - 9:49 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Brad Richards
3Andrew Shaw
4Marcus Kruger
LW1Patrick Sharp
2Brandon Saad
3Bryan Bickell
4Peter Regin
5Brandon Mashinter
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Kris Versteeg
4Ben Smith
5Jeremy Morin
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Nick Leddy
5Johnny Oduya
6Michal Rozsival
7David Rundblad
G1Corey Crawford
2Antti Raanta